Born on March 3rd, 1968 at 7:30 pm in Tampa, Florida, Susan Hopper (aka Moonbeam) became
interested in astrology while still in grade school. Driven by her
fascination with the human mind and interpersonal relationships, she earned
her BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of South
Florida. She applies Jungian and Cognitive theory to her work as an astrologer. A free-lance writer and counselor, Susan enjoys teaching the art and science of astrology and contributes regularly to Astrology on the Web.
Her interests include wilderness hiking, organic gardening and creative writing. Always interested in discussing the language of the stars, she can be reached though
2012 Horoscope Forecast
Scorpio, the Scorpion in 2012
a time of inspiration for you
Neptune enters Pisces and your 5th house of art and romance on Feb. 3rd, making this a time of inspiration for you. You can expect to experience this influence for more than a decade as Neptune moves quite slowly, and it might feel a bit dreamy and hazy at first. In the very best of circumstances, it can mean a long-term, ideal romance with a person, or even a happy tenure in a creative field. Teachers will find that they have a spiritual connection with their students and parents will experience a deepening of their own understanding of life through the eyes of their children. Artists, musicians, actors, and writers will have no shortage of ideas.
One word of caution: Neptune loves escapism and can fuel addictive behaviors. Avoid excessive drinking, drugs, and gambling if you want to get the best side of the God of the Sea.
During the first half of the year, Jupiter's expansive energy will be felt in your 7th house of marriage and partnerships. Your closest relationships have been growing by leaps and bounds, and the time you spend together benefits you all immensely. This is typically a time for people to get married, and many of you tied the knot last summer when this transit began. Some of you have gone into business with a close friend, increasing the commitment you have to each other. In negative manifestations, someone significant in your life may have become a bit of a tyrant. Be sure to establish and maintain healthy boundaries in all of your relationships so that Jupiter's expansive nature does not take over your life.
By the time Jupiter enters versatile Gemini and your 8th house of sex and other people's resources on June 11th, you will be ready to go a step farther. Other people will more willing and better able to share their resources with you, making this a great time to apply for a loan or refinance if you need to. Your spiritual understanding of the dual nature of life may also deepen during this transit. A prophetic planet in a psychic house is sure to lead to astounding insights!
Saturn remains in Libra and your 12th house of hidden matters, making your fears and concerns hard to express. Your opinions and beliefs are changing as Pluto takes the slow ride through your 3rd house of communication, and this may impact your relationships with neighbors and siblings. This represents the end of an old cycle so that a new one can begin, and it may not always feel very comfortable. It is a great time to take up a serious study of meditation or mysticism as this may help you to understand your own unconscious motives more clearly.
Once the Great Taskmaster enters your sign and first house of appearance and personality October 5th, you will find yourself reaping the rewards of many years of hard work. Of course, this may mean that you have become responsible for more things than ever before. For the next 2½ years, you will be looked upon as both an expert and someone who can be counted on. Relationships also take on a more serious, mature tone as you take on a leadership role. This is what being 'grown up' feels like, and on some days you may like it less than others!
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
The year begins on a warm and loving note as Venus shines in your 4th house of home and family. You may find life especially sweet during the weekend of the 13th, when idealistic, compassionate Neptune joins forces with relationship-oriented Venus. Now is the time to express your love and appreciation for your family members... as the old song goes, “We may never pass this way again”. After January 14th, the planet of love lights up your 5th house of romance and creativity, creating fireworks with testosterone-fueled Mars in your 11th house of friends and associates. You could find yourself falling madly in love with an associate, whether or not this is a wise choice for you.
Mars turns retrograde on Jan. 24th, so what happens now will continue to smolder for the next 6 months. Venus enters Aries and 6th house of health and service Feb. 9th, making this a great time to take up yoga or commit to regular massage therapy. With Saturn still lingering in your 12th house, taking care of your mind, body, and soul is a must. After March 5th, sensual Venus in Taurus enters your 7th house of marriage and partnerships, combining with expansive Jupiter. This is a great time to become engaged, if you haven't already! Making a commitment to someone special now will seem natural.
On April 3rd, Venus moves into your 8th house of sex and other people's money, where she will be for some time to come due to the Venus retrograde cycle. In general, this should be a lovely time for most of you, as Scorpios are well versed in intimate, mysterious matters. However, with Saturn rumbling in your 12th house of subconscious matters, you may find deeply buried subconscious issues surfacing when you least expect them. Talking things out with a trusted counselor should help; just remember that it isn't a good idea to use a lover as a substitute psychologist. Jupiter will join Venus in June, favoring money and love for you… a winning combination! An Eclipse on June 4th will bring your efforts to fruition, and what happens around that time will impact you through November. Once Venus has turned direct on June 27th, you'll have the green light to move forward.
Higher education and foreign cultures catch your attention as Venus enters your 9th house of travel and philosophy on August 7th. Booking a cruise or taking a class at your local university may be just the thing to spice up your life. Those of you who are single may find love among different cultures, while partnered Scorpios will find this is a great time to forge stronger relationships with your in-laws. After Sept. 6th, popular Venus enters charismatic Leo and your 10th house of career and reputation, giving you a chance to strut your stuff for superiors. If you want to ask for a raise, this is the time to do it. Job interviews should also go smoothly. You are the public's darling!
The focus turns to your friends and associates after Oct. 3rd, when Venus moves into Virgo and your 11th house of group activities. You can count on your pals to be there for you, and perhaps this is a time they will need you as well. However, you'll want to take a break from social events once Venus enters Libra and your 12th house of solitude on Oct. 28th. While this is traditionally a time of secret affairs and unrequited love, for most it simply means that it is time for you to rest and recharge your spiritual batteries. Even though this is your birthday month, you may still prefer to spend more time behind the scenes than in the limelight.
During the last week of November, Venus joins Saturn in your 1st house of personality, lightening things up a bit. You'll need to get used to Saturn's energy weighing you down a bit, but there is no reason you can't be serious and still have fun once in a while. As the year ends, Venus gives her blessing to your 2nd house of personal finances… a Holiday Bonus from work perhaps?
Home and Family
Neptune leaves your 4th house of home and family and begins twinkling in your 5th house of children, suggesting that you may see an increase in children of the body, heart, mind, and soul this year. These children are likely to take you by surprise and in somewhat mysterious ways as well!
Because of Neptune's spiritual nature, these 'children' could also take the form of creative projects, other people's children (and perhaps groups of children) and those who are not your biological children. The lunations on Jan. 23rd, Feb. 7th, Apr. 21st, May 6th, Oct. 29th, and Nov. 13th are likely to trigger events that will impact your family life. There will be much joy, but much responsibility will come with it!
Work and Health
The big news is that Mars, which relates to our physical drives and personal ambitions, will be in Virgo and your 11th house of friends and associates for 6 months of 2012. This is due in part to the Mars retrograde phase, so there will definitely be periods where you feel drained and overextended.
When Mars is in Virgo, the focus is on paying attention to detail, making this a good time to make sure you have the proper technique in any sport or work out you attempt. This is especially true of practices such as Yoga or Pilates that require you to activate very small muscle groups. This Virgoan attention to detail will also manifest on the job… be sure to document carefully everything you do and don't by any means cut corners!
Career and Finances
The good news is Uranus is well into your 6th house and in harmonious aspect to your 10th house of career and public recognition. You can earn kudos for your own unique brand of genius, but it might be when you least expect it and for reasons you underestimated. You may also find you have unusually strong support coming from your co-workers, although many of them may be overburdened and stressed out this year.
This is the kind of year where you may have a financial windfall only to break even when unexpected expenses crop up. Do pay special attention to the Mercury retrograde in August, which is likely to cause a slowdown on the job for you. It's best to build up a buffer in your savings account in case of a rainy day or two.
Ah, Mercury retrogrades! You can expect the Winged Messenger to go retrograde three times a year for about three weeks each time. During retrogrades, you can expect miscommunication, delays in travel, and breakdowns in machinery and appliances. Usually these breakdowns are due to neglect or lack of attention to detail and the retrograde period simply brings this to the surface. It's often a good idea to hold off on making any important decisions, purchases, or signing contracts when Mercury is retrograde. Brides planning weddings should certainly consult an astrologer to avoid scheduling the Big Day during a retrograde! On the positive side, Mercury retrograde is excellent for research and investigation. It is a time to go over everything carefully, looking for loopholes, mistakes, and weaknesses. Here are this year's Mercury retrogrades and how they are likely to impact you:
March 12th – April 4th Mercury Retrograde in Pisces, 5th House
Those of you with children may find that they have a hard time expressing their thoughts and feelings once Mercury turns retrograde in March. You'll need to be especially patient and try to listen to what goes unsaid. Body language and other forms of non-verbal communication will give you clues as to what's really going on. Those of you in creative fields may find your energy turning inward now, but you should have a surge of ideas after this passes. After April 4th, Mercury moves forward again, giving you a chance to have a heart to heart with the young ones in your life.
July 15th – August 8th Mercury Retrograde in Leo, 10th House
Normally Mercury retrograde is dreaded by most people, but this is one you can harness to your benefit. Research and documentation will help you build a solid case for yourself at work and in your public life. There may be red tape holding you back, but persevere. With diligence, by the time Mercury turns direct again on Aug. 8th, you will have everything in place to move ahead in your field at warp speed.
November 6th – 26th Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio, 1st House
Mercury retrograde in your 1st house of personality and appearance may have you uncharacteristically hesitant to speak your mind. As long as it's because you are carefully thinking about what you want to say and how you want to say it, it's all good! One word of caution: This is not a good time to try a new hairstyle or stylist, as the results are not likely to be what you envisioned. After Mercury turns direct on Nov. 26th, you will be ready to speak out and show the world what you've got again.
Lunar Life with Lady Moon
Your Full Moon happens on May 6th, and will represent the culmination of what began back in late October 2011. This time, the hearty support of your friends and associates should be obvious. Those of you planning to 'pop the question' may find this is the most romantic day of the year to do it. In any case, it is time to come out and let the world know who you are and how you feel.
Your personal New Moon occurs on November 13th, signaling new beginnings for you. Neptune lends a romantic, creative note, suggesting that this is an excellent time to artistically express your ideas. Love affairs can move on to the next level as they mature and become better founded. Relationships with the children in your life are enriching and inspiring to you now. This is also the beginning of your own personal new year… time to make a wish and set your intentions!
Eclipses indicate change in the area of life they impact, and are often felt for much longer than regular lunations. In cases where the eclipse makes a close aspect to planets or angles in your chart, they can be felt for up to a year. Here is what to look for during the eclipse cycle of 2012:
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Gemini on May 20th signifies changes that relate to your sex life and shared resources. These changes may be for the better as Venus lends a loving and generous note, but you may have to wait a while before you see the results. This may also be a very psychic time, and those of you who are given to messages from beyond could find the spirits are very active.
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on June 4th only solidifies changes that began with the New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Gemini two weeks earlier. Your finances could be affected and it should be for the best, but with Mars in dissent, you may find obstacles to your cash flow. Venus is still retrograde, holding back funds, but have faith. The second half of the year should be brighter for your bank account.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on Nov. 13th may signal the beginning of a big change in how you put yourself out there. Of course, with Saturn now firmly in your 1st house of appearance and personality, you have entered the Grown Up Zone. If you have always loved being a spontaneous, free spirit, the next two and a half years will dictate that you behave otherwise. That doesn't mean you can't still have fun… but the Universe has just made you the Designated Driver.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius on Nov. 28th echoes what was begun during the New Moon and Solar Eclipse on May 20th, when perhaps you had to go through endless channels to get much needed funding or money owed to you. The good news is that by now, the Cosmos is firmly on your financial side. Of course, you should still be frugal… but you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that yes, there will be more than enough to get by.
That's it for this 2012, dear Scorpio. Hope we've been a help! Keep abreast with our daily, weekly and monthly forecasts throughout the year for more details.